Miss Georgia 2011 to Visit Savannah High Schools

Thursday, 13 October 2011
ATLANTA - High school students in Savannah will have an opportunity to learn about the significance of an education in the arts. Michaela Lackey, Miss Georgia 2011, will visit two Savannah high schools to promote Poetry Out Loud, a national poetry recitation contest that will award more than $50,000 in cash prizes next year.

Lackey is volunteering with Georgia Council for the Arts and the Literary Center at the Margaret Mitchell House to promote the program throughout the state. Poetry Out Loud is a national program that supports arts education by encouraging students to learn more about language arts, specifically poetry and the spoken word. However, not only does the program provide a platform for learning, it also awards cash prizes to participating students as well as their schools. Last year, more than $10,000 was awarded at the state level.

Through a very generous offer, Miss Georgia 2011 has agreed to tour the state and speak to young minds about the benefits of the performing arts. "I sincerely believe in the importance of the arts," she said. "As a classically trained dancer, I have benefited from the arts throughout my education and now into my career. I want to share that passion with students statewide to let them know how the arts can help shape their future ambitions." In addition to being a classically trained dancer, Ms. Lackey also writes poetry and performs spoken word, talents she is eager to share with students.

Georgia Council for the Arts is a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development that provides support for nonprofit arts organizations throughout the state. Established in 1965 as the Georgia Commission on the Arts, its mission is to encourage excellence in the arts, support the arts many forms of expressions and make the arts available to all Georgians by providing funding, leadership, programming and other services. Funding for Georgia Council for the Arts is provided by appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly, the National Endowment for the Arts and other private and public sources.

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Contact Jhai James for more information at 404.962.4839 or jjames@gaarts.org.